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The Battle Over Miss Scuba

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At last, an American has been crowned Miss Scuba International. What, you didn't know there was such a title? Indeed, this beauty pageant, run by a Malaysian company named Scubastar (its owner, Robert Lo, also owns the Sipadan Mabul Resort and Mabul Water Bungalows) has been going since 2011. This is not just any beauty pageant, though. As it says on the Miss Scuba website ( ), "It is time that an event such as this is produced to celebrate, not only the inner beauty and courage of today's modern women, but also to simultaneously advocate worldwide marine conservation." The 2014 winner was Tabitha Lipkin, a Fox Sports reporter in San Diego who got her openwater certification four years ago. Lipkin, 24, beat out 13 contestants (the runners-up were from Thailand and Ireland) and also walked away with the Miss Congeniality subsidiary title....

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